Thursday, August 29, 2019

Blog Tour Book Review: How To Love A Duke In Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

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“Romantic, lush, and suspenseful.”― Suzanne Enoch, New York Times bestselling author

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days, an all-new must read historical romance from USA Today bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne, is available now!!

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Author: Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Devil You Know #1
Audience:  +18
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release Date: August 27th 2019
My Rating: 5 Cups
Source: Social Butterfly PR
Blurb (from Goodreads):

These men are dark, bold, and brave. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees...

Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.


Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms.
*Disclaimer: I received an eARC from Social Butterfly PR and St. Martin's in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way. 

**Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As such, my review may contain references to subjects intended for a mature audience only.

Trigger Warnings: Rape, murder, blackmail

Wow. That was my first and only thought for a good portion of my morning after reading this book. Since this was my first Kerrigan Byrne book, I didn't quite know what to expect, but I had very high hopes. I can honestly tell you that my hopes were met and surpassed.

How To Love A Duke In Ten Days has one of the most difficult prologues I've ever read. I don't think I've read a book with a more heartbreaking prologue than this one. The reader immediately finds out what Alexandra's secret is, so I kind of felt like I was sharing this burden with her. This book have me a lot of Beauty and the Beast vibes, so that in part is why I loved this story so much.

I loved Alexandra. I wanted to grab her and hide her from the world. I hated what she went through and how she was hiding herself because she was in part ashamed by what had happened, in part so scared of living because of it. She was strong, but she was also very fragile and I loved how the author showed that. I loved how she was determined to be her own woman, even though it went against society. I also loved her friendship with Francesca and Cecilia. I am very curious to see how their stories will develop, if they will find what they were searching for. 

Piers was fantastic. I adored him. I was amused by how confused by this woman he was, but at times I was sad and almost angry for him that he didn't know what Alexandra went through. I know why she wouldn't confide in him, but I wish he had some knowledge. I knew that once he would find out he'd hate himself for his behavior in some scenes, so I wish he could have skipped that. Piers shares Alexandra's love of adventure, and it was interesting seeing that side of them get together. They were very well matched.

The chemistry Piers and Alexandra had was incredible, and I loved seeing them get to know each other. I loved the fact that it wasn't love at first sight, it was more a marriage of convenience, but it was written very well in my opinion.

The plot was pretty well paced. I didn't expect the ending to be very honest. I felt like the reveal of  didn't match the buildup all that well, but I still enjoyed it. I also loved the prologue and the hint we get of Cecilia and Francesca's futures was very interesting. I really wish we'd get their books faster.

As far as series starters go, I really enjoyed the world this book introduced. I lover this author's writing style so much. I also correctly predicted after reading the prologue that I was going to cry and I eventually did. I got my heart stomped on by Alexandra and Piers, but I'm not even mad about it. 

All in all, I truly enjoyed this book and I'm very curious to read more books by this author. 


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Redmayne turned to her, looming closer. Larger.
“Don’t,” he whispered.
“Don’t what?”
“Don’t try to make me a good man.”
“I wouldn’t dream of it, Your Grace.” When she should have retreated, she didn’t.
Instead, she finished her whisky, enjoying the warm languor spreading from her middle to her blood.
“Good.” He became very still, watching as she licked the last of the honeyed liquor from her lips. The cool of the night suddenly disappeared, the air turned heavy with salt, and moisture, and . . . something more illicit.
Possibly dangerous.
“Have you ever really been kissed, Alexandra Lane?”
She blinked. And froze. However, the usual paralyzing terror that would have cinched around her bones at such a predicament . . . didn’t. Fear was more of a faint shimmer through veins made sluggish with whisky. It was accompanied by another more curious emotion. Not excitement, but something adjacent to it. Why did he want to know? What did he hope her answer would be? Indeed, what should she say?
The truth, of course. A lie would not serve her here, and besides, she’d too many of those on her conscience to bother with a flippant fib in the dark.
“N-no.” She wished her voice were stronger. That she’d had a different, more worldly experience to share. But alas, she’d never allowed a man close enough to kiss her. As far as she was concerned, men had long ago ceased wanting to.
“I thought not,” he murmured, setting his glass next to hers on the banister.
Alexandra forced another swallow. “How—I mean— why thought you not?” And why was she suddenly speaking nonsense?
A faint hint of arrogance brushed at his lips. “Men like me can just tell.” Her heart kicked against her lungs, evoking shorter, shallower breaths.
“Men like you?”
“Hunters.” The vibration of the word spread down her spine and unfurled in the most alarming places. “Your lips, innocent as they are, beg to be kissed whenever I am near. Your tongue moistens them. Your teeth worry at them. And when I stare, as I am doing now, they soften and part, like an invitation . . .”
Stunned, Alexandra curled her lips around her teeth as if to hide them from him. Had he really gleaned all that from her mouth? Had her lips truly betrayed her so?
He paused, glancing up. “Your eyes are always afraid, though. I think it’s because you can sense I want to kiss you, too.”
“Y-you do?”
He nodded, his own lips melting into a soft smile at the abject astonishment in her question.
“Since the moment we met on the train platform, I’ve dreamt of kissing you in more than a dozen ways.”
The sound she emitted was somewhere between a cough and a gasp. Were there more than a dozen ways to kiss? How many more?
“We . . . we shouldn’t be speaking of such things, Your Grace.” She turned away from him, suddenly trembling at the edge of an abyss, ready to leap into madness. He drew close, never once touching her. But the heat and strength of him stretched beyond his physical being, threading through the night toward her, endangering her composure.
Her resolve.
“It’s wrong, I know it,” he murmured, his voice containing an agony that tugged at her racing heart. “I’m to announce my engagement to your friend this very night, and all I can think of is what you’d taste like. I’m more of a monster than any scars or scandals I claim. But I’ve not kissed a woman since before the jaguar. I’ve not particularly wanted to until your lips drove me to distraction.”
Unable to hear any more, she whirled around.
“Would you marry me?” The idea had sparked like a fever, an idea that could fix everything. An idea that would release them all from the clutches of their sins. All it would cost was her soul.

About Kerrigan

Kerrigan has done many things to pay the bills, from law enforcement to belly dance instructor. Now she’s finally able to have the career she’d decided upon at thirteen when she announced to her very skeptical family that she was going to “grow up to be a romance novelist.” Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in almost every story.
She lives in a little Victorian coast town on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State with her wonderful husband. When she’s not writing you can find her sailing, beach combing, kayaking, visiting wineries, breweries, and restaurants with friends, and hiking…okay…wandering aimlessly clenching bear spray in the mountains.
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